Strengthening Disability Advocacy conference 2014
Champions of change

4 & 5 August @ Melbourne & Olympic Park Convention Centre

NDIS championing for choice and control


Tuesday 5th August, 2014: 12:00am - 1:00am


River Room


Facilitated by:

Bill Lawler, Advocate

Bill has had a long association with the disability sector spanning over 20 years. Positions held over this time include  Rural Access Project Officer at Latrobe City for 11 years and prior to this, the Advocacy Co-ordinator of the Gippsland Disability Resource Council for 10 years advocating for the rights of people with a disability … Continued Photo of Bill Lawler, Advocate

Panelists include:

Jayne Crouch, Mother, Carer and LEAD Barwon Graduate

Jayne Crouch is the mother of five, the youngest two children have disabilities. Her daughter has Down syndrome and her son is on the autism spectrum, he also has ADHD and a anxiety disorder. She is also the carer for her husband who has suffered from a stroke. Jayne was instrumental in formulating and implementing … Continued

Photo of Jayne Crouch, Mother, Carer and LEAD Barwon Graduate

Tina Gulino, LEAD Barwon Graduate

From the day Tina was born, her family began fighting for her human rights. But Tina found her own voice and now she speaks for herself. Her integration into mainstream schooling during the 80s was a particularly challenging time for Tina, as there were no integration aids or support in those days. To add to … Continued

Photo of Tina Gulino, LEAD Barwon Graduate

Thomas Banks, Performer and LEAD Barwon Graduate

Thomas Banks has an extensive amount of professional experience working in both the disability and arts sectors. He’s currently a representative on several different disability committees, including; Victorian Human Rights Commission’s Disability Reference Group and  Australian Communication Exchanges Consumer Advisory Group. Thomas has been working with Platform Youth Theatre for the last 4 years to … Continued

Photo of Thomas Banks, Performer and LEAD Barwon Graduate

Session Summary

Bill Lawler, an independet advocate, takes us on a journey with three participants from the NDIS  launch site in the Barwon, Otway and Surf Coast region. We learn about their experience of determining their eligibility for the scheme, developing their support packages, connecting with service providers, and what it feels like to have choice and control. Panel members are from the LEAD Barwon project:


Audio podcast